Postdoctoral Reseacher

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Portland State University

The Co-Learning Math Teaching Project: Collaborative Structures to Support Learning to Teach Across the Professional Teaching Continuum project seeks a post doctoral researcher. This project, funded by the National Science Foundation (DRL-2010634), will create and study an innovative model of co-learning for pre-service and experienced secondary mathematics teachers. More specifically, the project team will design “collaborative learning structures” (CLSs) to support and guide teachers in enacting equity-oriented math instruction. The CLSs will be piloted in school districts affiliated/partnering with math teacher preparation programs at Portland State University, Montana State University, and Oregon State University-Cascades, and then refined and used/tested in additional teacher education programs (yet to be determined) so that the CLSs can ultimately be used to support preservice teacher and mentor teacher learning in a broad variety of field placements contexts. The teachers at each site will participate in high-quality professional development (known as Math Studio) provided by Teachers Development Group, which provides a source of/impetus for the teacher co-learning about student-centered and equity-oriented practices and an additional space to examine teachers’ co-learning. The project team is using design research to study their processes for developing and refining the CLSs and identify features of the CLSs that support or inhibit teacher learning. They also use qualitative research methods to study what the teachers’ learn as they use the CLSs in their work together. The project is led by Dr. Ruth Heaton (at Teachers Development Group) and Dr. Torrey Kulow (at Portland State University), and includes fantastic scholars from other institutions (Dr. Kara Jackson at the University of Washington, Dr. Mary Alice Carlson from Montana State University, Dr. Melinda Knapp from Oregon State University - Cascades, and Dr. Imana Goffney from the University of Maryland).


The postdoctoral fellow will play an integral role in collaboratively refining the CLSs and engaging in data collection and analysis of teachers' use of the CLSs. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Regularly collaborating (in person and virtually) with members of the research team;
  • Co-developing and refining the Collaborative Learning Structures;
  • Collecting and analyzing data (including video recordings and artifacts generated/used during the Math Studio sessions and project-related meetings, video recordings and artifacts generated generated/used by teachers as they use the CLSs, observations of Math Studio and teachers as they use the CLSs, interviews with participants and project team members about the teachers use of CLSs and experiences co-learning, pre- and post- assessments of the teachers’ knowledge and skills of equity-oriented instruction);
  • Support with the design, instruction, and assessment of a Secondary mathematics methods course;
  • Collaborate with project team members to write conference proposals, present on findings from the work of this project at conferences, symposia, and other professional events, as well as write manuscripts for publication based on the work of this project.


This is a full-time, twelve-month appointment with the expectation of working in person at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. The postdoctoral scholar will receive a yearly salary plus benefits, and support for position-related professional conference travel.  


More information about this position is provided at

Review of Applicants Begins: 
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Contact Name: 
Torrey Kulow
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